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Re: Question about techniques for 3.3.2

From: Ben Caldwell <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2010 13:59:08 -0600
Message-ID: <4B463D0C.2090905@trace.wisc.edu>
To: Andi Snow-Weaver <andisnow@us.ibm.com>
CC: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Hi Andi,

I think you're right that the assumption here was that fields that 
aren't identified as required for everyone would fall into the usability 

Note also that G83 has an "AND" relationship with G131 (provide 
descriptive labels), which includes related examples and test procedure 
steps about making the form component's purpose clear.


On 01/07/2010 10:31 AM, Andi Snow-Weaver wrote:
> A member of my team has raised a question about the techniques for 3.3.2.
> Specifically, in bullet 1, why is G83 allowed? This technique is 
> saying that it's okay to have required form fields that are not 
> identified until after the user has failed to enter any data. We have 
> an HTML technique (H90) that includes an example of including text in 
> the <label> element to indicate required fields. And we have a failure 
> technique (F81) that says you can't use color only to indicate the 
> required fields. But we apparently have nothing that requires required 
> fields to be identified before the user tries to submit a form.
> Was this intentional or did we miss something? I guess you could 
> rationalize that if the required fields are not identified at all, 
> then it's not an accessibility issue. It's a usability issue for 
> everyone. So maybe that's why we don't require it.
> Thanks,
> Andi
Received on Thursday, 7 January 2010 20:00:05 UTC

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